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Poll: Three-peat in the offing for Alabama?

Alabama head coach Saban is doused with Gatorade after they defeated Notre Dame in the NCAA National Championship college football game in Miami AP

With its second consecutive BCS title, Alabama Monday night accomplished something that hasn’t been done in the 15-year history of the current system used to determine a national champion. Thanks to their 42-14 evisceration of Notre Dame, the Tide has the opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done since Minnesota — yes, the Gophers — did it over 70 years ago: go back-to-back-to-back.

Looking over the depth chart and schedule, a crystal three-peat is certainly a possibility.

Based on the their most recent two-deep depth chart, and pending any early departures for the NFL, the Tide will return a total of 16 starters — eight on offense, eight on defense — as well as their main punter, punt returner and kickoff returner. ┬áIncluded in that total is their starting quarterback, at least one of their two 1,000-yard rushers (Eddie Lacy will likely leave early for the draft), their top four receivers in receptions and yards, four of their five leading tacklers and their two leading sackers.

Additionally, 21 of the 22 players listed as backups on the two-deep as well.

That returning talent and experience will fit nicely with the 2013 slate. Alabama’s toughest non-conference game will be a neutral field contest — in the Georgia Dome — against the team formerly known as Virginia Tech. In the SEC, the Tide’s most rigorous road test will come early as they travel to Kyle Field to take on Texas A&M the third weekend of the season looking to avenge the only loss of their of their title-winning season. The Tide will draw LSU at home in Tuscaloosa, with the likes of Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee rounding out a rather pastry-like Bryant-Denny conference schedule.

Road-wise in the SEC, the Tide will travel to Kentucky, Mississippi State and Auburn in addition to what could be a titanic road tilt against A&M.

Add it all up, and provided Nick Saban doesn’t bolt for the NFL [/ducks], the Tide is poised to accomplish something unprecedented in the modern history of the game of college football by claiming three BCS titles in a row, and four in the past five years.

So, what do you think? With nearly eight months before the first kickoff of the 2013 season, will Alabama continue its dynastic arc and throw a three-peat on the board?

Vote below, and chime in below that.

 

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27 Responses to “Poll: Three-peat in the offing for Alabama?”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 8, 2013 12:12 AM

    It is really hard to do what they have already done. It does not happen too often. It is unlikely, but possible for a three-peat. Their schedule next season is favorable for it, so it is possible.

  2. kiopta1 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:17 AM

    Saban is a hell of a coach and a great recruiter/developer of talent. However, that is extremely difficult to do and doubt it will be done. Besides ND will be back and much better : )

    Go Irish!

  3. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 8, 2013 12:19 AM

    As long as Saban is there, theyll always have a shot. LSU should take pride in being the only obstacle on their schedule every year.

  4. mycm1127 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:19 AM

    Geaux Tigers! Congrats on the win

  5. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:30 AM

    LSU won’t be chopped liver next year, but they lost all of their really scary defense to the NFL. A&M will be the game circled next year.

  6. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 8, 2013 12:35 AM

    Obviously you havent followed our rivalry. I can assure you it wont be a cake walk next year. We are still the main obstruction even though A&M will be tough. We get them at home while yall go on the road. Might be a 3 way tie!!! Time will only tell!!

  7. roni says: Jan 8, 2013 12:36 AM

    John,

    Sure Alabama looked dominant, but really how much was that ND was totally out classed. The SEC West road will be harder next year than this season.

    I guess you discount Arkansas based on this year, but they still are stocked with talent and now have a stable coaching staff that won’t turn over a few months before the season starts.

    Dan Mullen has Miss State moving in the right direction and should continue to get better.

    Mettenburger now has a full season of experience so LSU should be better next season.

    Not to mention going to College Station.

    I think Alabama wins the West again next year, but the road is hardly “pastry-like”.

    No Georgia, Florida or South Carolina on the schedule, but they will have to meet one of them in the NC play in game.

  8. neovenator250 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:37 AM

    LSU is losing an awful lot to the NFL this year. They’ll still be elite, but I don’t know if they’ll be able to win in Tuscaloosa. Bama’s schedule is so pathetic next year that LSU and A&M will be the only things standing in the way of the threepeat

  9. neovenator250 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:38 AM

    johnclaytonsponytail says:
    Jan 8, 2013 12:19 AM
    As long as Saban is there, theyll always have a shot. LSU should take pride in being the only obstacle on their schedule every year.

    ———————————————

    We do take pride in it, and I’m sure A&M is looking forward to playing them in College Station as well.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:39 AM

    Let’s see what happens when they come to Aggieland in September. Johnny Football can beat them AGAIN.

  11. Deb says: Jan 8, 2013 12:46 AM

    As a football fan, I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with my teams. You can’t win it all every year, but you can lose it all year after year. We’ve done that. So my best hope is just to see my teams in the mix as often as possible. I’ve been extraordinarily blessed since 2009 to see my college team win two SEC championships and three BCS titles; and since 2005 to see my pro team win three division titles, three conference championships, and two Super Bowls. We’ve been in the mix.

    Next season, I expect both the Steelers and the Tide will be in the mix again. As long as we have a fighting chance to compete for a title, I’m happy. So I’m just going to celebrate today’s win without worrying about what tomorrow may bring.

  12. kcrobert10 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:02 AM

    It’s would hard for sure. Mark my words who ever wins the sec will win the national title. I expect the west to be great with Bama, a&m, and Lsu as favorites. Don’t sleep on miss st and Arkansas either. Also the east will be a dog fight to s Carolina, Georgia, and Florida aren’t going anywhere and will be good. Vandy and even my beloved tigers won’t be chopped liver either.

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jan 8, 2013 1:07 AM

    To all Bama fan, such as; Deb, normtide, etc etc,,, roll tide !!’ I once again congratulate you on a very successful year. Y’all did SEC proud!
    Can’t wait to see you in November so that y’all can politely hand over the torch to a new Champ, LSU !!’n GeaUX TIGERS!!!!

  14. Deb says: Jan 8, 2013 1:11 AM

    Hey, crazyasian!!! What a great night!!! Can’t believe the season is over!! But we get to do it all again next year :) Woo-hoo!!! Roll Tide!!! SEC SEC SEC!!!

    Now I have got to sign off LOL

  15. southpaw77 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:26 AM

    NFL and baseball will always rule over college football for one reason.
    You have to play in elements and/or in the other teams building.

    Not saying Notre Dame would have fared better in snow but until you see Pac-12 or SEC teams play up north in January under snow, mud, and cold its a sport slanted towards the south and west teams, playing close to home in nice weather or domes.

    The day I see Bama go into Ohio State in January will be a old day in Hades.

    Fix these neutral site games and we got something.

  16. rtfox says: Jan 8, 2013 1:36 AM

    Hail Mary full of grace notre dame is out of first place!!!

  17. jdvalk says: Jan 8, 2013 3:01 AM

    Yawn… Can’t get excited about a non-playoff final, especially the way A & M finished up.

  18. dcroz says: Jan 8, 2013 6:35 AM

    southpaw77:

    Maybe it’s my faulty memory, maybe it’s global warming, but I can’t seem to recall too many college football games played in a snowstorm as of late. In fact, seem that’s why the Big Ten mandated until recently that all its games were over by Thanksgiving weekend, so I don’t think those Midwesterners relish the idea of an Ice Bowl themselves. And while it might be nice and warm in South Florida right now, Tuscaloosa woke up to subfreezing temperatures yesterday. After the 2010 BCSNG in Pasadena, Tide fans returned from balmy southern California to ice and snow in Birmingham. So it ain’t exactly summertime here, either.

    Just face it: the pendulum in college football favors the southern part of the country right now. Part of that is social (people are leaving the North and East for the South and West) but part of that is many northern teams being stuck in the 1960s when it comes to their approach towards winning football. They are slowly coming around to understand that their lagging behind the rest of the country is not a product of their (supposedly) superior academics but their inferior and outdated facilities along with their outdated recruiting tactics, as in their antiquated “gentlemanly” approach in a cut-throat modern world and with their thinking that the best players will flock to their schools by default as they once did. The hire of Urban Meyer by OSU will go a very long way towards changing those ideas on recruiting, and many schools (including Notre Dame) have invested or soon will invest the money in bringing their facilities out of the mid-20th century and into the present.

    The pendulum will swing back eventually or at least even out, but right now the South and the West are where it’s at in the college football world.

  19. rabidbillsfan says: Jan 8, 2013 7:32 AM

    @southpaw

    2014 Being the exception(and I’m just spit-balling here, it could easily be in the 50’s, it is NYC after all), when has a Superbowl ever been played in sub-freezing temperatures? Alabama and Notre Dame secured the top 2 spots in the Polls, therefore they get the most prestigious game. No matter who I am a fan of (Alabama), I wouldn’t want my title game to be decided by weather, that is just ridiculous, even though you are fooling yourself if you honestly belive that Notre Dame would still have had a chance. I hate when people throw weather into the mix when trying to decide who is the better team. Outside of the “Freezerbowl”, has there ever really been a team that was just demolished because of the weather conditions? Michael Vick went from a domed Atlanta stadium to beat GB and Brett Favre in Lambeau, in the Playoffs. Now, on the flipside, do the Rams win the Superbowl in ’99 if they played the Titans in Lambeau? But they earned the right to get favorable conditions because they were the best team in the NFC, and punched their ticket to the Big show. Your logic is flawed, and quite idiotic, ecspecially after you compared college football to baseball. I do agree with one of your statements, however, it will be a cold day in Hades when any team plays @ the horseshoe in Januray… Think man, Think!

  20. cometkazie says: Jan 8, 2013 9:03 AM

    The CFL has the good sense to end the season before weather is too much of a factor.

  21. rsmeans says: Jan 8, 2013 9:03 AM

    The 2013 Alabama team should be the most talented team in football history if you believe the rankings given players by the scouting services. Not only do they return virtually everyone two deep but they have redshirt freshmen and special teams players this year who should beat out starters from this year. Plus their recruiting this year strikes where it is needed in the Defensive Line.

    Alabama has the easiest schedule since Saban came to Alabama. So yes they should be the overwhelming number one pick next year. However, that may be the problem in repeating. Everyone even Saban expects it. Motivation will be tough next year and in the SEC no one is a shoo in.

  22. lucky5936 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    As long as Saban is there, theyll always have a shot. LSU should take pride in being the only obstacle on their schedule every year.

    ————————————————
    Funny, I thought their only loss of the season came against Texas A&M? Guess LSU is not the “Only” obstacle on their schedule anymore.

  23. florida727 says: Jan 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    I took the chicken-sh!t way out and voted “too early to tell” :)

    Practically speaking, it is. The strength of Alabama, which was so plainly evident last night, is what they do in the proverbial trenches. Barrett Jones will be gone. So will Warmack. Fluker? Likely. Other possible losses? Lacy. On defense: Moseley and Milliner immediately come to mind.

    That’s the only reason I say it’s too early to tell. Obviously they’ll be in the hunt. And for those that criticize their schedule, playing VA Tech, LSU, A&M, and the SEC championship game (assuming they get there) is a heck of a lot tougher than what Notre Dame faced this year.

    By the way, where’s that loudmouth #irishtn? Noticeably absent from posting after all his boasting BEFORE the game actually had to be played. Go figure. Then again, that’s the problem with not knowing how to win with humility… when you don’t, you look like the fool that you are. What’s that old saying? “Better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool, than open it and remove all doubt.”

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 12:42 PM

    @johnclytonsponytail

    If you think LSU is goin 11-1 with this lineup of games…. Florida, Georgia, Bama, A&M… and all the players you just lost…

    You’re crazy…

    Much more likely Bama or A&M win the division with their much easier schedules.

  25. lasseter1113 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:24 PM

    @florida727

    I have been looking for Irishtn myself. I hope that Alabama BEATDOWN of ND last night CRUSHED him since he was classless enough to call us southerners all kind of horrible names. It’s called Karma and it’s a BIATCH, lol…I wouldn’t be surprised if we never see that screen name again. I am sure he will probably change it if he hasn’t already. Probably not man enough to come on here and own up to his stupidity and classlessness and admit defeat. Funniest part about it was he got the score correct he just needed to flip flop the teams.

    On the whole Alabama three peat topic. Alabama certainly has the talent, depth, and schedule to make it happen. I think one of the biggest battles again just like this last season will be Alabama vs. themselves, not listening to the hype, buying into the fact that they are not the same team that won the National Championship last night, etc etc etc. LSU and A&M will be standing in the way though. There are a few VERY important things that all of these people posting A&M will beat us again aren’t taking into account. First off Alabama doesn’t have LSU to beat them up the week before like this year. Second, Johnny Football is no longer a surprise and I am sure he won’t come into that game a 14pt underdog. Saban and Smart probably have that date already circled on their calenders for next year. Kirby Smart said the one thing he regretted about that game was the fact he only had 4 men on the line to contain JM and you see last night when he brought in that extra defensive lineman to make it 5 on the line, ND only had something like 39 yards rushing the whole game. Yikes!!! I know Golson is no JM, I’m just saying. Plus I might be wrong but I am pretty sure Alabama has a bi-week before that game too and we all know what happens when you give Saban an extra week to prepare, but like I said before you my as well call it an extra 8 months because that game could make or break the season for both teams so I’m sure they will give it the extra attention it deserves. Hype Hype and more Hype!!! Not saying Alabama is going to win the game, I have a ton of respect for A&M, it’s just like my fellow Bama fan on here Deb, I don’t like to make predictions, especially not this early. I will say though that if you think what happened last year in T-town is going to happen again next year in College Station, as far as Bama not coming out ready to play and giving up that many TD’s that early, then you probably thought ND was going to win that game in a close one last night and ND’s front 7 were equivalent to a brick wall. As far as LSU is concerned I don’t care how many players they loose to the NFL they will always be a tough challenge for Alabama. Rivalries like that can bring out the best in players and make a 7th round draft pick play like a 1st round draft pick if only for that one game. I am already looking forward to next season and I guarantee before you can turn around it will be here again. Here’s to another great season of college football, HIP HIP HOORAY, lmao, Cheers……………..

  26. txnative61 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:45 AM

    I know they are rivals, but for the State of Alabama—there is already FOUR in a row—-just sayin————!

  27. packerbadger says: Jan 16, 2013 2:45 PM

    As long as they need only a 7 on their ACT test to get into Alabama, they have a good chance.

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